Syria

September 8, 2014

Mehdi Nemmouche, a 29-year-old of French-Algerian origin (pictured here) was one of the hostage's captors, and is also a suspect in the attack on a Jewish museum in Brussels which killed four people (Benoit Peyrucq/ AFP).
16:08 GMT

A French journalist held hostage in Aleppo has alleged that one of his captors was a Frenchman suspected of an attack on a Jewish museum in Brussels.

Lebanon hosts over 1 million Syrian refugees. (AFP/File)
14:12 GMT

Syrian refugees in a southern village in Lebanon have been given 48 hours to leave.

The body of Lebanese soldier, Ali Sayyed, who was also beheaded by Islamic State, is carried by mourners September 3, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:51 GMT

The family of a Lebanese soldier who was beheaded by Islamic State extremists appealed for calm in the town of Ansar Sunday, following sectarian violence after his killing.

Thousands of Bosnian Muslim women were raped by Serbs during the Bosnian war. (AFP/File)
09:30 GMT

The international community was slow to respond to the genocide happening in Bosnia in the 90s. Did the world's botched response lead to the rise of Islamic extremism today?

September 7, 2014

Quneitra has been at the center of violent clashes in recent days. (AFP/File)
18:19 GMT

At least 43 people have been killed in clashes between Syrian government forces and Nusra Front militants.

Civilians in Raqqa run for cover from shelling by Syrian forces, August 17, 2014 (File/AFP)
11:06 GMT

Syrian air raids over Raqqa killed 53 people, many of them civilians, while President Assad's campaign against Islamic State militants intensifies.

Civilians flee violence in the border town of Arsal as Lebanese forces continue to battle Islamic State and Nusra Front militants, August 28, 2014 (File/AFP)
09:21 GMT

Angry protesters set ablaze tents housing Syrian refugees in Arsal following reports that a second Lebanese soldier was beheaded by the Islamic State.

September 6, 2014

An image grab from a video released by the Islamic State shows footage of a masked militant with David Haines (Image: Screenshot)
13:39 GMT

The aid agency David Haines was working for when abducted by Islamic State militants has called for his immediate release.

Relatives of the kidnapped soldiers protest for their release (File/AFP)
08:14 GMT

A Qatari delegation intervened in negotiations to help release Lebanese soldiers and policemen being held by Islamic State and Nusra Front militants.

September 4, 2014

Greece is a major transit point for immigrants seeking illegal access to the European Union.
15:50 GMT

Coast Guard officials Thursday said they expect a three-fold increase in the number of immigrants apprehended this year, compared with 2013, with more than half of people entering Greece now coming from Syria.

Twenty-seven-year-old Mohammad Kamal al-Amari hails from Deraa, a Syrian city just north of the Jordanian border. Deraa was the starting point of the 2011 uprising against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.  It’s a war-ravaged region that most of Za’atari’s residents once called home.
12:37 GMT

The window into Za’atari: Syrian refugees seek refuge in art.

A combo of images taken from the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights shows a file picture  of a Syrian flag hoisted on a flagpole. [AFP]
09:53 GMT

The United Nations (UN) Security Council has once again demanded the immediate and unconditional release of 45 abducted UN peacekeepers by anti-Damascus militants.

September 3, 2014

Lebanon's economy is expected to grow 1.5 to 2 per cent and inflation is not expected to exceed 4 per cent in the year 2014, despite the fall-out from the war in neighbouring Syria,
04:55 GMT

Lebanon's economy has been hard hit by the war in Syria, which started in 2011 and has repeatedly spilled over into the small Mediterranean country

September 2, 2014

A member of the Syrian security forces walks past a burning truck following a reported mortar attack by rebel fighters in Damascus' al-Abbasyeen neighborhood on August 30, 2014. [AFP]
15:10 GMT

Syrian warplanes pounded the rebel Jubar district of the capital Damascus with unprecedented ferocity Tuesday, launching 25 raids, an activist group said.

A picture taken from the Israeli-annexed Golan Heights shows a pre-Baath Syrian flag, now used by the Syrian opposition, flying over the Quneitra border crossing in Syrian territory. [AFP]
12:54 GMT

Ireland may not replace its 130-person rapid response force in the Golan Heights, where 44 peacekeepers from Fiji are being held by militants, until the United Nations reviews its mandate for its forces there, the defense minister said on Monday.